Sabaton’s last EP in the “Echoes Of The Great War” EP trilogy, called “Stories From The Western Front”, is now officially available on all platforms. The EP includes a never-before-heard cover of Motörhead’s popular track, “1916”.
And to mark the release of the final EP, the band has also released a new music video for “1916”, which was filmed in Birmingham and at the renowned Black Country Living Museum. The video features a plethora of historical figures from the Sabaton universe, a metal-loving army from Birmingham, and even an appearance by the surviving members of Motörhead, Mikkey Dee and Phil Campbell. Get ready to headbang along!
The “Stories From The Western Front” EP narrates the harrowing tales of the soldiers who valiantly fought and tragically perished on the Western Front. This was a place where the trenches and relentless bombardment pushed men to the brink of madness. Those who managed to make it back from this treacherous battlefield often suffered from shell shock, chronic nightmares, PTSD, or injuries that left a lasting impact on their lives. The EP serves as a haunting reminder of the horrors of war and the immense sacrifice made by the brave soldiers who fought in it.
On this latest release, Pär Sundstrom says :
“We are excited to release the last EP in the “Echoes Of The Great War” series as well as a new music video, which we had a blast filming in the UK. Our new EP tells the tales that came from the Western Front, a brutal and unforgiving theatre of war. The Battle of Verdun, which was the longest battle of the First World War, the Battle of Passchendaele in 1917 in Flanders, the Battle of the Somme… these are all things we should not forget. And through this EP – in fact, through this whole EP collection – our sole mission has been to immortalise these stories and ensure that these are at the forefront of everyone’s minds,”
“Speaking of the Battle of the Somme, this conflict resulted in a huge loss of human life – around 300,000 fatalities. It was one of the bloodiest and deadliest conflicts of WW1 – and in human history! This is what “1916” was written about and that’s why it was the missing puzzle piece of this EP,”
In the meantime, Joakim Brodén has provided further details about the band’s cover of Motörhead :
“We believed that “1916” was the perfect fit for this EP, not only because it’s related to the First World War, but because we just love everything about the song. Lemmy was inspired to write this track after watching a documentary about the Battle of the Somme. The lyrics are emotionally charged and perfectly describe the experiences of all the young soldiers, most of whom were just kids essentially. A lyric that really moves me and hits home is: ‘We were food for the gun, and that’s what you are when you’re soldiers’. I can’t get that out of my head.”
“We think we did this song justice. It’s our tribute to one of the greatest bands in the world and a nod to those who fought in the First World War and made the ultimate sacrifice!”
To listen to the EP, simply click HERE
Today also marks the start of the European and UK tour for the band. They will be in Leeds tonight and will be in Belgium on May 13th at the Sportpaleis in Antwerp! Tickets for this concert are still available HERE!